By Carole on Aug 2, 2011
During the debt debate, President Barack Obama used divisive rhetoric and threats against our most vulnerable citizens to create the impression that his "balanced approach" including job-killing tax hikes was the answer. By fanning the flames of class warfare and threatening to deny grandmothers their Social Security checks, he did get many people to temporarily agree with him. But impressions built on lies do not last long and reality eventually prevails.
Today's taste of reality comes from the important swing state of Pennsylvania which Candidate Obama easily won in 2008. A new poll released today shows that by a 10 point margin (52% - 42%), registered voters in the Keystone State believe Mr. Obama does not deserve to be re-elected.
So even though just weeks ago the president took to his podium and declared that 80% of the American people thought he was right on one of the most important issues we face, a strong majority in a vital swing state want him gone.
What has changed in those few weeks? Nothing really. The difference in the poll results simply show that when the president goes into his act - demonizing those who actually create jobs, issuing bogus threats against the elderly and the disabled and making empty promises about the benefits his policies will provide - far too many Americans eat it up with a spoon. This, of course, is how all conmen ply their trade.
But when a voter is forced to endure the actual results of his policies - a 9.2% national unemployment rate, an economy that has only grown by 1.3% in the last quarter (and only 0.4% the quarter before that) and a president who keeps spending their money on failed and/or unsustainable programs - they realize it's just the same old bait and switch. 'Hope & Change' has turned into 'Misery and Failure' and the echoes of 'Yes We Can!' have faded into a thunderous 'Oh No You Won't!'
Many of President Obama's remaining supporters will point to the fact that Congressional approval numbers have sunk even lower than his. The Pennsylvania poll certainly bears that out with only 28% approving of the job Congressional Democrats and Republicans are doing. But Mr. Obama will not be running against Congress in 2012. He will be running against a different brand of leadership than his own. And he will be running with his record of economic failures strapped to his back.
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